MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS
SCOPPETTA OPEN $45 MILLION STATE-OF-THE-ART FIRE TRAINING FACILITY
Today, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta
opened the Fire Department's new $45 million fire training facility at
the Fire Academy on Randall's Island. This much need facility included
the construction of three new buildings and the renovation of one existing
structure. The renovation includes a 6,000 square foot Burn Building, a
foot Field House containing a fire-fighting simulator and
a 35,000 square foot Learning Center.
"This state-of-the-art facility will provide the training that our firefighters
deserves," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Since September 11th
we have hired more than 1,800 probationary firefighters and are rebuilding
the ranks of this great department with the best equipped and best trained
firefighters in the world. Not only will our probies benefit from this
enhanced facility, but also all firefighters and officers will use this
facility for in service training. The FDNY never stops learning, training
or preparing new techniques to keep New Yorkers safe."
"The City of New York has always relied on its firefighters in times
of crisis or disaster. But at no time in our departments history has the
City depended so heavily on the ranks of the Fire Department as one of
its first line defenses against terrorism," said Commissioner Scoppetta. "This
modern facility will provide us with the ability to support the vast new
array of crucial technology necessary to continue training our firefighters
to respond to any emergency effectively, efficiently and safely with the
best protection possible-knowledge and
The project, which was designed by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA)
and built with capital construction funds was overseen by the Department
of Design and Construction. The project included the renovation of an existing
4,000 square foot building for live fire training, along with the construction
of three new buildings.
A new 6,000 square foot Burn Building that uses
computer controlled technology to simulate conditions of a live fire
in many different types of construction-- as well as other scenarios
such as automobile fires or dock fires. Probationary firefighters will
experience realistic training including heat and fire simulations.
adjacent 35,000 square-foot Field House that contains the latest
in fire fighting technology including a structural fire-fighting simulator.
The Field House simulates street complete with different buildings representing
major types of construction used in New York City, including private
dwellings, commercial structures, apartment houses and brownstones.
Firefighters will practice varied operational techniques including
entry, search, ventilation and hoseline operations in each of these
structures. The buildings are designed to enable instructors to change
the interiors with each scenario.
A state-of-the-art 35,000 square-foot
Learning Building consisting of six classrooms that offer the latest
in audio-visual technology, as well as a distance learning center, that
will provide instructional opportunities for firefighters in remote
sites. The building will also house new locker rooms, cafeteria,
gym and a bunker storage facility.
The final phase of this project will be modifying the existing "smokehouse" building
allowing probationary firefighters to train under real smoke conditions.
The Fire Department's 27-acre Training Academy now consists of 12 buildings.
The Academy opened in 1975 and was constructed - at a cost of $13 million
-- by the New York State Urban Development Corporation.
Contact: Ed Skyler/Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958
Francis X. Gribbon (FDNY) (718) 999-2056